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Famous People With Lupus

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This list of famous people with lupus is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which an individual's immune system begins to attack normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms of lupus include joint pain and swelling, fatigue, and general discomfort. Lupus is treated through medication and there are 5 million people around the world who have some type of lupus, including many stars and more than one celebrity.

Who is the most famous person with lupus? Lady Gaga tops our list. The “Applause” singer told Larry King in a candid interview that she tested “borderline positive” for lupus. Lady Gaga went on to say that she does not experience any symptoms of the disease. Nick Cannon almost died when complications with lupus caused him to experience a near kidney failure. Cannon is now on the road to recovery.

In J. Randy Taraborrelli's biography of Michael Jackson, he discusses Jackson's lupus diagnoses. The disease caused Jackson to be sensitive to light, which is why the pop star was seen frequently wearing hats and sunglasses. Taraborrelli says that Jackson's lupus was thought to be in remission.

What do you think of the celebrities who have lupus? Were you surprised to learn about any of these celebrities with lupus? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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    Singer Toni Braxton shared her ongoing struggle with lupus on her reality show "Braxton Family Values."

    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Severn, Maryland, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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    The scars on singer Seal's face were caused by a type of lupus that effects the skin and scalp.

    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
    • Gender: Male

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    Author Flannery O'Connor died from lupus related symptoms in 1964.

    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1925-1964)
    • Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia
    • Gender: Female
  • CBS newsman Charles Kuralt died from Lupus related complications in 1997 at age 62.

    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1934-1997)
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Gender: Male